The Spanish court ended a three-year investigation on Wednesday (28) and concluded that there was sufficient evidence to bring Shakira to trial for tax evasion of 14.5 million euros (or 83 million Brazilian reals).
There is still no set date for the trial. The Spanish tax authority had already indicated that singer Shakira withheld this amount during the three years she lived in the northeastern region of Catalonia.
According to Effie, the Spanish Revenue has sent a new report to the country’s courts confirming that singer Shakira took 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014 by pretending she did not live in Spain and hiding her income through a network of companies.
The technicians who analyzed the case did not accept the arguments of the Colombian defense that her concert schedule and television appearances would prove that she spent less than 184 days in Spain per year and thus would not have to pay taxes in the country.
Indictment against Shakira It was registered by the Public Prosecutor of Spain in 2018. An investigation followed posts on social media and commercial institutions that Shakira frequented in an attempt to prove that she had actually resided in the country during that period.
At the time, the singer’s crew released a statement denying wrongdoing. “Shakira has at all times complied with her tax obligations and does not owe any amount to the Spanish Treasury,” the text reads.
“The singer has extensive professional activity outside of Spain and almost 90% of her income comes from other countries. Her family structure is completely different from that of traditional models.”
Accused of tax evasion, Shakira submits clarification to court
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